Northern State University Overview
Northern State University is a public institution located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. The surrounding location of Aberdeen is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.
What Is Northern State University Known For?
- Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NSU.
- In 2017-2018, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
Northern State University Rankings
We have ranked NSU as #453 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NSU.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards NSU has earned from around the web.
|#20||Best Value Colleges for Education||College Factual|
|#28||Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific||College Factual|
|#28||Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||College Factual|
|#55||Best Education Colleges for Veterans||College Factual|
|#62||Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Colleges for Non-Traditional Students||College Factual|
|#156||Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing||College Factual|
Where Is Northern State University?
Contact details for NSU are given below.
|Address:||1200 S Jay St, Aberdeen, SD 57401-7198|
How Do I Get Into NSU?
You can apply to NSU online at: https://apply.sdbor.edu/login.cfm?inst=nsu
Admission Requirements for NSU
|High School GPA||required|
|High School Rank||required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|Recommendations||neither required nor recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into NSU?
Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 89%, and the acceptance rate for women is 87%.
Average Test Scores
About 6% of students accepted to NSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 470 and 560. Math scores were between 480 and 580.
Can I Afford Northern State University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NSU, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $7,337 a year. That adds up to $29,348 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at NSU is 8.0%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.
Northern State University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 419 graduate students at the school.
Of the 1,265 full-time undergraduates at NSU, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northern State University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||25|
|Hispanic or Latino||37|
South Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Northern State University. At this time, 19 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 50 countries are represented at NSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, China, and Mexico.
Online Learning at Northern State University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at NSU has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 7th most popular in South Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of NSU
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northern State University was 21.1%. This is the #861 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NSU regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NSU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Business Administration & Management||2%|
|Curriculum & Instruction||71%|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||6%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NSU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NSU.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Finance & Financial Management||#15|
|Curriculum & Instruction||#30|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||#51|
|Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities||#105|
|Liberal Arts General Studies||#105|
|Business Administration & Management||#240|
|Business, Management & Marketing||#303|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Northern State University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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